Rio Tinto Coal Australia's range of coking coal includes product from Kestrel Mine, near Emerald in Central Queensland, and Hail Creek Mine, 80 km south west of Mackay.
- Hail Creek Mine
- Kestrel Mine
Hail Creek Mine produces a low ash, low sulphur, low volatile hard coking coal which produces coke with high hot and cold strength, under conditions of low coke oven wall pressure. This coal is used as a key component of coke blends by many major international steel mills and coke works, and allows high coke strength to be achieved even in the presence of increased proportions of lower quality coals.
Exploration studies were initially undertaken on the Hail Creek around 30 years ago, which identified it as a prime hard coking coal resource. The chemical and physical properties of Hail Creek Mine's products are determined using a comprehensive range of tests based on bore cores, production samples and train and shipment samples. Coke oven testing is also conducted regularly to ensure product performance standards are maintained.
Hail Creek Mine can produce up to eight million tonnes of coking coal annually and its location makes excellent use of the surrounding transport infrastructure. Coal is railed to the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal near Mackay in central Queensland.
For more information on Hail Creek Mine's products and technical specifications please contact our marketing team.